HACKENSACK/TETERBORO - A perfect regular season, a county championship, a North 1, Group 4 Sectional Title. The 2019-20 Bergen Tech girls bowling season could not be much better.  

Throw in numerous tournament championships during the year, being named Bergen County Girls Team of the Year, and recording the highest score of any Bergen County team at the state championships and you have a year for the record books. 

Coupled with the boys team winning the Bergen County title - the first time since 1991 that the same school won the boys and girls teams won the titles in the same year. For good measure, throw in having the girls individual champion. 

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“This is my eighth year coaching at Bergen Tech” stated head coach Hank Kuipers, “And it was the best team that I have ever had.” 

Kuipers has an incredible amount of talent at his disposal for the 2021 season, which we will be bowled in a somewhat different manner than usual.  The major changes, aside from a shorter schedule, include the following;

  • Boys and Girls Teams will be bowling on accompanying lanes to keep schools from inter-mingling

  • No Jayvee matches will be competed (JV will still be allowed to practice)

  • Varsity matches will have six bowlers bowling, with top four scores counting. 

  • There will be a maximum of 15 matches bowled in 2021, including the county tournament. 

Changes aside, one thing has not changed, Bergen Tech has a ton of talent and will be very hard to defeat.  

The Knights will be led by senior captain Riana Giacone.  Giacone averaged 188.6 for the season in 2019, and captured the Bergen County Girls individual championship, averaging 224 for the tournament.  She defeated the fourth-ranked and first-ranked bowler in match-play in the finals to capture the title.  (Five bowlers make the finals with 5 vs 4, with the winner advancing to bowl 3, etc. - as you would see on a televised PBA tournament. ) 

She will be joined by seniors Selena Diver and Alexa McManus.  Diver averaged 196.3 for the year, while McManus recorded a 171.7 average.

Two juniors are slotted into the next two spots Rachel Lee, who recorded a 181.8 average and Lia Huang, who recorded a 161.3 average a season ago.  

Junior Emily Rossi (183.9 per game) and sophomore McKenzie Flynn (156.6) are battling for the sixth and final spot. 

Two freshmen will be on the junior varsity, practicing, in Amy Kim and Marina Flamer. 

As good as last year’s team was, Kuipers stated that this year’s team “had a chance to be even better.”  He noted however, that the team will not be able to have a shot at a state title this year, as there will be no statewide tournament in bowling. Kuipers believes they were poised for another strong showing at the state tournament this year.

Tuesday, Jan 26, 2021 3:45PM  Multiple Schools  T-Bowl II 
Wednesday, Jan 27, 2021 4:15PM  Eastside  Bowler City 
Tuesday, Feb 2, 2021 5:00PM  Passaic  Bowler City 
Thursday, Feb 4, 2021 4:15PM  Passaic County Tech T-Bowl II 
Tuesday, Feb 9, 2021 4:15PM  Hackensack  Bowler City 
Thursday, Feb 11, 2021 4:15PM  Bergenfield  Bowler City 
Tuesday, Feb 16, 2021 4:15PM  Passaic County Tech T-Bowl II 
Friday, Feb 19, 2021 4:15PM  Multiple Schools  Bowler City 
Saturday, Feb 20, 2021 8:30AM  TBA  Bowler City 
Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021 5:00PM  Passaic  Bowler City 
Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 4:15PM  John F. Kennedy  Bowler City 
Saturday, Feb 27, 2021 8:30AM  TBA  Bowler City 
Monday, Mar 1, 2021 4:15PM  Demarest  Bowler City 
Wednesday, Mar 3, 2021 4:15PM  Ramapo  Bowler City 


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